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Meryl Streep Portrays Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady Biopic

Meryl Streep has been cast to play the role of Margaret Thatcher, the first female and former Prime Minister, in an upcoming biopic called The Iron Lady. The film is being directed by Phyllida Lloyd, who also directed Mamma Mia!, while the script is being written by Abi Morgan, who did Sex Traffic.

The movie will focus on power and the price that is paid for it. It will be set in 1982, covering the 17 days leading up to the Falklands War and how Thatcher dealt with the events.

Production on The Iron Lady started at the end of last month, and the first still of Streep in character has been released. She says that the prospect of exploring a piece of this woman’s history is an exciting and daunting challenge. She is trying to approach the role with as much attention to detail, fervor and zeal that the real Lady Thatcher has, she added, and hopes that her stamina will only begin to approach her own.

Playing the role of The Iron Lady‘s husband, Denis Thatcher, will be Jim Broadbent. Alexandra Roach and Harry Lloyd have been cast to portray the couple in their younger years. Among the supporting cast is Nicholas Farrell, Roger Allam, Julian Wadham, Nick Dunning, David Westhead, John Sessions, Anthony Head, Pip Torrens, Richard E. Grand, Angus Wright, Susan Brown and Olivia Colman.

This isn’t the first time that Thatcher has been portrayed by actresses on film. Others include: Lindsay Duncan, Andrea Riseborough, Anna Massey, Greta Scachi, Patricia Hodge, Maureen Lipman, Janet Brown, Sylvia Syms, Paula Wilcox, Hilary Turner, Louise Gold and more.

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